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Avoiding the wind (ride report)(17 posts)

Avoiding the wind (ride report)mickey-mac
Jan 31, 2004 10:32 AM
I woke up this morning to very strong winds blowing from the north. Instead of heading north for Santa Clarita Valley, I decided to do an east/west ride south of the 101 in the hope of avoiding the strongest winds.
"Time to Buy" is rightmickey-mac
Jan 31, 2004 10:35 AM
Nothing quite hits the spot like a fifth of Old Crow at 7:10 a.m.
"Time to Buy" is rightmapei boy
Feb 2, 2004 10:48 AM
Your pic includes one of my favorite store signs along the boulevard - "Read Tonight." I chuckle every time I go by it. What a way to attract business...
The sun coming up in Woodland Hillsmickey-mac
Jan 31, 2004 10:37 AM
Fortunately, the wind is decreasing just a bit as I head west on Ventura Boulevard.
Where old movie producers go to diemickey-mac
Jan 31, 2004 10:39 AM
The Motion Picture and Television Fund Hospital in Calabasas.
The lily white suburb of Calabasasmickey-mac
Jan 31, 2004 10:41 AM
Hilltop houses and a brand-new BMW dealership in Calabasas. You can't buy your BMW in Van Nuys when you live in Calabasas.
Jan 31, 2004 10:43 AM
I love the helmets on the bike path guys. These were equipped with upside-down wok helmets from the start. Some of the older guys didn't have helmets, and the city or county road guys added helmets to them.
Granny gear and a mountain bike?mickey-mac
Jan 31, 2004 10:46 AM
The trail is short and steep to the top of the hill at the right. I've never seen anyone try to ride this hill on a mountain bike. I did, however, see a knucklehead get his 4 wheel drive pick-up stuck about 1/3 of the way up. Watching him try to back down was amusing.
The lily white suburb of Westlake Villagemickey-mac
Jan 31, 2004 10:49 AM
Complete with a man-made lake, paddle-boats, and "lakefront properties." The riding in the area is actually pretty nice: rolling hills with well-maintained roads and lots of bike lanes.
Jan 31, 2004 10:51 AM
It looks like folks are gathering for a 9:00 group ride on Kanan near Agoura. Who starts a ride at 9:00? (Actually, I'm just a bit jealous, wishing I could start at 9:00 every now and then.)
Back to Ventura Boulevard (the end)mickey-mac
Jan 31, 2004 10:55 AM
for the last 11 miles or so of the ride. Fortunately I had a tailwind for much of it. I also hooked up with a couple other riders and didn't snap any more pictures. Overall, the wind slowed me down by about 12-15 minutes from my regular ride time. It could have been a lot worse.
Could not avoid the wind on the westside!!OwenMeany
Jan 31, 2004 12:07 PM

I rode the PV East loop this AM, nice cruise on the way down south...but lord have mercy..what a pain coming back...fighting the wind every inch of the way...

Todays ride was the slowest I have ever done the PV East loop by about 15minutes..I felt like crap when I got home..

#&$%in' Santa Ana winds....The Walrus
Jan 31, 2004 12:44 PM
...gotta be the worst part of living in SoCal, after the earthquakes and Westside yuppies. Just made the mistake of doing an out-and-back from Tustin to Dana Point, and the return leg was like a 25 mile uphill grind. Good thing I thought to bring lights with me, because I was so slow it was well after dark before I got back.
Jan 31, 2004 5:13 PM
These SoCal wind conditions do pick their spots. I rode the San Gabriel Canyon, Glendora Mountain Road, Glendora Ridge Road to Baldy Village and back down this Saturday AM and there wasn't but the slightest of breezes. The temps were a bit brisk (40's) and the clouds began to close in above 4k feet..
Blasting back down the GMR into Glendora, I surprised a pretty good sized bobcat right alongside the pavement. When these roads are closed to vehicular traffic, deer, bears and mountain sheep are common enough sites, but it's been awhile since I last saw a cat that big....
That's surprisingmickey-mac
Jan 31, 2004 5:37 PM
I'd have figured the wind was blowing at least as hard in the San Gabriels as it was here. I'm looking out the window as the sun sets, and the trees are still whipping around like mad. I hope the winds die down overnight. Fighting unpredictable winds is really draining.
re: Avoiding the wind (ride report)Snowbird
Feb 1, 2004 4:04 AM
I'm with you on the early starts m-m. The day is half over at 9am. The best rides for me are when I can get 60 miles in and be getting home just as my kids are getting up. Summertime in Canada is great with cool temps, no traffic and light winds at 6am.
So. Cal Wind, I wish...Asiago
Feb 2, 2004 9:04 AM
Your wind is brutally strong, but I wish, I wish I could deal with that wind! :) It was _only_ blowing 10-15mph here yesterday, but on one stretch of essentially flat road, I noticed on my power meter that 150Watts yielded all of 10 miles per hour. Ugh. Air density...